Listening Sessions

Each of the five regions comprising the new districts will be invited to attend Listening Sessions during the month of November aimed at hearing concerns and feedback to the proposed reorganization plan. The sessions are designed at providing additional explanation and clarify details to the plan.

Bishop Beard said he is inviting United Methodists to consider these three questions during the Listening Session:

  • “What if anything, is unique about this district, that we do not want to lose?”
  • “How do we assist two districts in coming together to form a new district?”
  • “How do we assist our district laity and clergy in being better connected?”

After the listening sessions are completed, each district’s leadership team will be formed and will begin functioning to ensure a smooth transition.

The following dates have been scheduled for these sessions. Check back often as this will be updated as new sessions are announced:

Cache River District

Virtual -- Sunday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.
Meeting ID: 841 7376 6236
Password: 7377

Phone Consultation
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Meeting ID: 841 7376 6236
Password: 7377

In-Person -- Monday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m., Carterville First UMC

Sangamon River District

In Person -- Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. at Springfield Laurel UMC

Virtual -- Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.